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Meet Shetland star Douglas Henshall's famous wife

The couple have been married since 2010

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Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
Updated: February 9, 2023
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Douglas Henshall is perhaps best known for his portrayal of DI Jimmy Perez in the popular BBC crime drama, Shetland. Watch the trailer for his final season in the video below.

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But while the actor is a household name, did you know that the actor's wife is also in show business? Find out all about his famous spouse here…

Who is Douglas Henshall's wife?

Douglas Henshall is married to playwright and screenwriter Tena Štivičić. Tena, who hails from Zagreb in Croatia, studied at the Academy of Dramatic Art before going on to complete an MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

The 45-year-old has written plays in both her native language and in English.

Douglas and Tena© Photo: Getty Images

Douglas and Tena together in 2011

Her first English language work, Fragile, played at the Arcola Theatre and was adapted for BBC Radio 4. It won numerous awards at festivals in Croatia and Slovenia, including best European Play and Innovations Award at Heidelberg Stuckemarkt in Germany.

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In 2014, her play 3 Winters opened at the National Theatre. She received five-star reviews for her work and was also awarded the prestigious Susan Blackburn-Smith Prize.

Was Douglas Henshall married before?

No, the actor has only ever been married to Tena. The couple tied the knot in 2010. In 2020, Tena wrote a comedic piece called Wednesday inspired by her and her husband's relationship, and specifically their experience of lockdown.

Douglas, who recently exited Shetland during the shocking series seven finale, performed this work along with Scottish actress Morven Christie. He and Tena put on the drama as a play in their back garden for a select group of neighbours, but it was also filmed as a short film for broadcast on BBC Scotland.

Douglas in Shetland© Photo: BBC

Douglas is best known for his role in Shetland

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Speaking about her work, Tena told The Sunday Post in June 2020: "[It's] about how creative couples, actors and writers cope in lockdown, with their massive egos and vanities."

Douglas was full of praise for his playwright wife: "We work together pretty well," he revealed in the same video. "I liked Tena’s writing before I ever met her, so it was easy from that point of view."

Douglas behind the scenes on Shetland© Photo: BBC

Douglas behind the scenes on Shetland

The star, who recently announced his plans for work post-Shetland, candidly: "We've lived together for 14 years so we don't mess around with what we say to each other any more. We both tend to be pretty to the point," but added: "We enjoy each other's work, so that makes it easier."

In the past, Tena has also landed roles in front of the camera. She appeared in Croatian films The Third Woman and Is It Clear, My Friend? in the late 1990s.

How long has Douglas Henshall been married?

Douglas and his wife Tena have been happily married for twelve years. The theatre-loving couple tied the knot in a ceremony held in Las Vegas in 2010. Six years later in late 2016, they welcomed a daughter named Anja Grace.

While the family are very private about their personal lives, Douglas sometimes tweets about his six-year-old daughter. While the 56-year-old has courted some controversy with his remarks on the website in the past, his tweets about his family draw only praise from fans, such as when he revealed that he had just given Anja her first library card.

Douglas two cats curled up on a sofa© Photo: Twitter

The family also have two cats

He wrote: "The five yr old got her first library card today. They're are many things you learn from being a parent and one of them is how wonderful libraries are."

More recently, after Christmas, the actor tweeted the sweet statement: "There is a moment when the 6yr old has fallen asleep and I'm lying next to her, still awake, listening to her breathing/snoring, and if I could maintain the peace, love, and serenity I feel in those moments for the rest of my waking hours I'd be up there with the Dalai Lama."

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